DIY Holly Shoe Jingle Bells Tutorial

I’d love to put a little Christmas spirit in your step, quite literally. I made these adorable DIY Holly Shoe Jingle Bells and I’m giddy about how they turned out.

Love this simple Christmas craft. DIY holly shoe bells tutorial and free pattern

Today I’m joining in on I Heart Naptime‘s annual Crazy Christmas Event. Every year Jamielyn invites loads of talented bloggers to share tons of awesome crafts, recipes, and printables perfect for Christmas. Hop over to see how I made these fun Holly Shoe Bells. P.S. I made the pattern in 3 sizes baby, kiddo and teen/adult.

 

UPDATED: The following tutorial originally appeared on I Heart Naptime on 11/29/2016

I love the festive little jingle the little holly adds to every step. But more than that I love how quick and easy this little craft comes together.

Such a fun way to dress up our shoes for Christmas. Easy jingle bell holly shoe accessories. Full tutorial and free pattern.

This is easy enough that even elementary school kids who can do basic hand sewing could make their own if you help them cut out the leaves.

Christmas shoe craft. Cute jingle bell holly accessories.

What You Need

How to make Christmas holly shoes that jingle. Easy craft tutorial

What to Do

  1. Cut 2 holly leaves out for each shoe you want to dress up. There are three sizes on the pattern so they can work for baby shoes, kids, and teens/ adults.
  2. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and then fold that in half to find the middle.
  3. Sandwich the middle of the pipe cleaner between the points of two leaves. Take a couple stitched to sew the pipe cleaner to the leaves.
  4. Thread one bell onto your needle and stitch in place. Repeat for the rest of bells.
  5. Take a couple extra stitches to secure the sewing in place before knotting. This will help prevent the stitch from pulling through if the bells get man handled.
  6. Secure the bling to the shoe by threading one side through a shoelace hole and twisting. Alternatively you can simply slide the pipe cleaner under the shoelace and twist to fasten it in place.

Easy to remove Christmas jingle bell bling. Holly shoe tutorial.

I think these turned out so stinking cute. My 2 1/2 year old little boy got SO excited when I put one on his shoe he LOVED dancing and spinning around.

How cute turn regular shoes into jingle bell holly shoes for Christmas. Full tutorial and free pattern.

And as adorable as I think it is I love that when we went to watch his cousin’s gymnastic competition I could quickly and easily remove the holly so we wouldn’t be disruptive.

Toddler holly jingle bells shoe swag tutorial

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20 Minute Child Sized Apron Tutorial + FREE Pattern

Ready for a speedy beginner friendly sewing project? Awesome because today I’m sharing a FREE apron pattern that’s perfect for learning, teaching or just when you need a cute and super fast gift.

The kid and I made one of these child sized aprons this weekend. Great sewing tutorial for beginners yay for free patterns.

My nieces made a version of these aprons when they were just 5 and 6 so I’m telling you, YOU CAN DO THIS! I’ve been having fun teaching the girls (now 7 and 8) and their friends to sew and one of our most recent projects were these easy aprons. Apron easy enough for a 5 year old to make. Free sewing pattern and tutorialIf you are comfortable sewing you could EASILY make on in 10 minutes. It really is just a few lines of stitching. If you’re a newbie you could still probably pull this off in 30 minutes and that’s with you going pretty slowly and rereading the directions a lot!

One of my favorite gifts for girls. And great fast tutorial for sewing beginners. Kid sized apron with free pattern

The girls did it in about 45 minutes and that was with me slowly explaining everything as a group, checking each of the aprons at every step, and sharing machines.

Super fast and easy kid sized apron pattern and sewing tutorial

  • Main apron fabric 17 X 11 inches A fat quarter should work unless it is a directional print.
  • Strap fabric 5 X 44 (or longer) inches
  • Pocket 5.25 X 5.25 inches (optional and it’s fun to do different sizes)
  • Apron Pattern (download here)
  • Iron-on Vinyl for initial (optional)
  1. Cut all apron pieces. My main apron pattern piece is mostly an 8.5 X 11 inch paper with a curve at the bottom and then cut on the fold. You can make your own with that same idea or get my Free Kid’s Apron Pattern just click on the image or link and then save to your computer.
  2. If making with a pocket begin by ironing the edges of your pocket piece down about 1/2 inch on all sides.
  3. Sew along one edge with a 1/4 seam allowance. This will be the top edge of your pocket.
  4. With right sides together iron you strap piece in have lengthwise.
  5. With a 3/8 seam allowance sew down the long edge of the folded strap along the raw edge  to form a long tube.
  6. Flip the strap right side out and iron. I use a loop turner (If you have never used one here’s a video of how they work, they are magical!)
  7. Next serge or zig zag around the edges of the main apron fabric.
  8. Fold under, pin, and sew down the sides and around the bottom. For a prettier finish fold twice. We only did one fold and they are fine.
  9. Pin the pocket to the front of your apron how ever you would like and sew down the three edges leaving the top edge open.
  10. Next pin the waist band to the apron main piece overlapping about 1 inch.
  11. Sew to attach the waist band to the apron main piece.
  12. If you want to add some iron-on vinyl now is the time to do that. If you’re like iron-on what? it’s one of my favorite craft supplies and you can learn how to use iron-on vinyl here.
  13. Lastly tuck in the ends of your strap and sew a row of stitches across to close. If you used the end of the fabric from one selvege edge to the other then you can skip this step I didn’t have the girls do this.
  14. Tie on and bake something awesome!

Perfect for teaching kids to sew! Great fast and easy child sized apron pattern and tutorial. Perfect for sewing beginners.

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